Schoolchildren on spring break this week can visit James Madison’s Montpelier on Wednesday for “We, the Kids’ Day.”
Children and families are invited from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday for activities and tours around the Orange County presidential estate. Visitors can explore the rooms of the Madison home, discover the plantation “home farm,” learn about the lives of the enslaved community and take in the beauty of the historic garden, according to a statement from the Montpelier Foundation.
“Roll up your sleeves to examine and document artifacts in our archaeology lab, peer into the camera and learn how early photographs were made, and test your skills at historic games and crafts,” the statement reads.
We, the Kids’ Day promises to be filled with activities that inspire curiosity, exploration and play. Catch the Chef food truck will be onsite. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 16 to 6 years of age and free for anyone 5 and under.
Montpelier is the lifelong home of Madison, father of the Constitution, architect of the Bill of Rights and fourth president of the United States.
As a monument to Madison and the enslaved community, a museum of American history and a center for constitutional education, Montpelier engages the public with the enduring legacy of Madison’s most powerful idea, government by the people, according to the foundation that operates the property.
The historic house and 2,700-acre grounds are open to visitors and student groups throughout the year, and the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at Montpelier offers residential and online educational programs. Montpelier is administered by the Montpelier Foundation and is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site.